Feb 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
. nbc's gabe gutierrez is with us tonight from midland city, alabama. gabe, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. today ethan's mother broke her silence. in a written statement she said, i woke up this morning to the most beautiful sight, my sweet boy. i can't describe how incredible it is to hold him again. at the hospital today, there were no signs of the ordeal young ethan, seen here in earlier photos, has been through. >> he was running around the hospital room, putting sticky notes on everyone that was in there, eating a turkey sandwich, and watching spongebob. >> reporter: at the site of the standoff, federal bomb technicians are searching for possible explosives. as details emerge, we're learning the fbi operation to free ethan was calculated, meticulous, and daring. >> i thought that the fbi action yesterday was exemplary, and as i think more details are shared, you will understand why i use the word exemplary. >> reporter: we now know that five days into the standoff, while 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes held ethan hostage underground, police say their daily negotiatio
Feb 4, 2013 7:00pm EST
for kidnapping a 5-year-old boy, brian, remains a mystery. >> gabe gutierrez at the scene, midland city, alabama tonight. gabe, thanks. >>> with that situation resolved, now to the event that focused so much of the nation's attention last night. and according to the early nielson numbers, an average of 108 million tv viewers in the u.s. tuned in for all or part of the game last night, ranking it the third-most watched tv event of all-time. the host city of new orleans needed a great outing, and they were having one right up until the lights went out. tonight, the questions there continue, including how it is the world's leading super power can't keep the lights on during a football game. nbc's janet shamlian was there for all of it. she joins us tonight from new orleans. janet, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. we were in the superdome when the lights went out and tonight officials don't have much more information than they did in the moments after it happened last night. there are questions about how with all the planning and precautions something like this could have gone wrong.